Today Yong Peng, Advanced Development Manager talks about the challenges for automotive suppliers in the field of future technologies.
My name is Yong Peng and I joined Rheinmetall Automotive China in April 2018 as advanced development manager. In this role, I am responsible for creating our future portfolio for the China market. My function here focuses on technology research in order to identify new opportunities and platforms for our company. Our research covers topics related to our current product portfolio and worldwide publications as well as policies and regulations, to foresee their consequences on the automotive industry.
It is important to understand which new products will be applied as well as the according requirements. We can then determine what will become a key component or key system in the future and make investment decisions respectively. My department is still very young but one day it will bring out new products and system modules.
My educational background is in mechanical engineering. In the past, I focused on the internal combustion engine. For me, the “electrical world”, such as radar, new sensors, electric components and related programming is quite new. Therefore, I am learning something new every day and grow more professionally.
The strong product portfolio of Rheinmetall Automotive attracted me. The company is very well known through their product brands, Kolbenschmidt und Pierburg, among automotive experts. Meanwhile, the advantage of the knowhow of two different sectors – Automotive and Defence- in Rheinmetall Group was also decisive for me to join Rheinmetall Automotive. I had read in industry specified press that Rheinmetall Automotive is actively conducting research in future technology fields.
My perceptions of Rheinmetall Automotive China from the “outside” have all been confirmed after joining the team. The company has a history of over 100 years. People know that companies can only survive that long and foster a successful business if they adapt to evolving challenges and the dynamics in their markets. Obviously, Rheinmetall Group is very versatile and has successfully adapted and is always thinking about investments in future developments. Also, we are an internationally active company group with a good organizational structure, meaning that we do not only rely on the business in one market. Moreover, the unique business model of Rheinmetall Group across two completely different sectors guarantees a certain financial stability for the group and job security for me as employee.
*Editor’s comment: In 2016 KSPG has changed its name to Rheinmetall Automotive as a first step within an internal initiative called “ONE Rheinmetall” which was set up to strengthen the company by fostering internal synergies and identifying common innovation clusters.